The Maldives Ministry of Islamic Affairs has received a warning notice from Malaysian architect firm NRY Architects for copyright violation of the design of the King Salman Mosque.
The mosque, which was built with MVR 370 million aid from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, began construction during the Yameen administration. After initial discussions with NRY Architects, the project was awarded to Turmaks Group, a Turkish company, in 2017.
Turmaks’ construction of the mosque, according to NRY Architects, was based on their proposed design for the mosque.
Islamic Minister Dr. Ahmed Zahir Ali stated that the Malaysian architect firm has sent a letter threatening a lawsuit over the copyright violation of their design. He stated that the matter had been sent to the attorney general.
According to Minister Zahir, the company accused the state of “stealing” their design by making minor adjustments to their mosque design.
He further stated that the letter contained photographs of NRY Architects executives meeting in the President’s Office during Yameen’s administration.
The King Salman Mosque was completed in early 2020, however the official inauguration ceremony has been postponed due to Saudi officials’ travel issues during COVID-19, according to the Islamic ministry.